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    Firefighter Encounters 3-Foot Gator on Way to Work

    Firefighter Encounters 3-Foot Gator on Way to Work
    BROCKTON, MA - A Brockton firefighter had a wild wake-up call on his way to work Sunday after discovering a 3-foot alligator crossing the road near his car. “One car swerved into my lane and it forced me to stop, and then after it passed me, I noticed it was scurrying across the street,” said Scott Hurst, 47, who noticed the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief

    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief
    SALEM - As Dennis Covey watched news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, the 51-year-old retired Salem firefighter wanted to help in any way he could. "I just said, 'We've got to go,'" he said yesterday. Covey, a lieutenant with the Fire Department who now lives in Palm Bay, Fla., said he could not make a big financial contribution. But he ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Pizza Hut Customers Can Now Order a Firefighter To Go

    Residents will be able to get a firefighter with their pizza Oct. 6 and 7. The Somerset Volunteer Fire Department is teaming up with Pizza Hut in Somerset during Fire Prevention Week to check the smoke alarms of people who order pizza on those days. Pizza Hut owner Erik Bittner said he was happy to help fire department members reach people’s ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco

    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco
    TAMPA - It's a dessert. Bananas, ice cream, cinnamon and butter. You wouldn't exactly imagine having to save someone from bananas Foster. But for the finishing touch, it's a flambé. Most recipes call for a quarter-cup of dark rum, brought to the table and ignited. On Saturday night, a fun dessert went terribly wrong and five customers at a Palm Harbor ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Woman Burned At Gas Station After Boyfriend Lights Up

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has third degree burns after her boyfriend lit a cigarette next to her as she was pumping gas at a Chattanooga service station. Twenty-year-old Samantha Lawrence suffered second and third-degree burns to about 30 percent of her body, mostly her torso and arms, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department. Investigators ruled ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding

    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding
    SHOREWOOD — Municipal leaders throughout Milwaukee County voiced fears Monday that they would soon be saddled with paying the full cost of paramedic services, either through restructuring county government or through county budget cuts. County Executive Scott Walker later sought to put those fears to rest, vowing to oppose any move that would leave cities and villages without paramedic funding. "You'd ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Charged in Fatal NY Blaze

    QUEENS, NY - A 23-year-old Queens man was charged on Thursday with setting a fire that killed his pregnant girlfriend and her 2-year-old son, the authorities said. The boyfriend, Jimmy Humphrey, was charged with arson and assault, said Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney. The woman, Linda Anderson, 25, died early Tuesday, apparently in the fire at her home on ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Breathless Call from FF As Flames Rush Across His Home

    The first frantic call for help as a wildfire gathered momentum in the foothills west of Boulder came from a longtime firefighter who was helpless as flames burst across his wooded property, devouring trees and torching a propane tank. His breathless descriptions — captured on a dispatch tape — detailed the fury of a blaze that, by Wednesday evening, had charred ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    New Hires Could Be Seeing Smaller Paychecks

    New Hires Could Be Seeing Smaller Paychecks
    SAN CARLOS, CA - Four of five San Carlos City Council members said this week they are open to dropping the pay of new firefighters by as much as 10 percent to increase the city's savings when it forms a new fire department in October. If the council decides at its Monday meeting to pay new firefighters that much less than ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Ground Zero Mosque

    Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Ground Zero Mosque
    NEW YORK - Supreme Court Justice Paul Feinman dismissed a suit filed by Firefighter Timothy Brown with the backing of the American Center for Law & Justice, a Washington conservative group. Feinman ruled that Brown didn't have a leg to stand on legally in his suit that challenged the city's refusal to grant landmark status to 45-47 Park Place, a building ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    How Much Training is Considered Enough?

    How Much Training is Considered Enough?
    APPLETON, WI - When a fire strikes their home or business, most people don't think about how much training the firefighters have gotten. They just want the fire put out. But it's worth considering. Wisconsin requires 60 hours of basic fire training. If you broke that down into eight-hour workdays, it's 7½ days. That doesn't seem like a lot when you ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    MD Firefighter Critically Injured in Fall From Engine

    MD Firefighter Critically Injured in Fall From Engine
    UPDATE 5:02 p.m.: ABC 7's Kris Van Cleave reports that the firefighter is conscious and talking. The fire engine involved has been taken to another location, possibly a county yard in Lanham, to be checked out. Original story 4:07 p.m.: A volunteer Prince George's firefighter was critically injured in a fall from a fire engine while responding to a house fire ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Okay After Near Drowning

    Firefighter Okay After Near Drowning
    LOS ANGELES -- A training exercise became a real life emergency Tuesday when veteran firefighter nearly drowned during a simulated rescue. "Everything worked ," said firefighter Dave Danielson, 40, outside a nearby hospital two hours after the mishap. Danielson was portraying a drowning person for trainees at the Los Angeles Aqueduct, when he went under for about 30 seconds, "I hit ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Georgia Firefighter Wins Back His Job

    Georgia Firefighter Wins Back His Job
    DeKalb County, GA - A DeKalb County firefighter terminated after a deadly Dunwoody fire got his job back. A hearing officer ruled on Friday that Capt. Sell Caldwell was inappropriately terminated and did not neglect his duties in connection to the fire that killed 74-year-old Ann Bartlett, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The county will appeal the officer's ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Hope of Finding Earthquake Survivors Fading

    Hope of Finding Earthquake Survivors Fading
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The distance between life and death narrowed in this flattened city Thursday, with survival depending on the luck of being freed from under rubble, on treating the thousands of wounded, and on speeding the flow of emergency food and water. Two days after a huge earthquake struck the capital, the international Red Cross estimated the number of deaths ...
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    Meth Lab Explodes During Raid; Couple Held

    Meth Lab Explodes During Raid; Couple Held
    FRANKLIN (AP) — Two people charged in connection with a raid on a meth lab were ordered held yesterday on $500,000 bonds while fire officials continued to investigate what caused an explosion at the outset of the raid. Jeremy Clough, 31, and Rebecca Fields, 33, were charged with two felony counts each of manufacturing methamphetamine at two labs that investigators say ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Wildfire Claims the Lives of Two Forest Rangers

    Wildfire Claims the Lives of Two Forest Rangers
    TALLAHASSEE — Two forest rangers trapped by shifting flames died while fighting a wildfire that also injured two others near Jasper in north Florida, officials said yesterday. The rangers were working Monday to stop a rekindled blaze called the Blue Ribbon Fire in Hamilton County on the Georgia line, one of more than 400 wildfires burning around Florida in one of ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Responds to Call at Own Business

    Firefighter Responds to Call at Own Business
    CLINTON — Firefighter Dean S. Weeks was on duty last night when the call came in that his restaurant, Tailgaters Grille, just 300 yards from the fire station on Main Street, was on fire. Firefighters at the station this morning were saddened over the loss of what they called Mr. Weeks' dream and passion. “We're heartbroken,” said Firefighter John W. Kobus. ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Psych Patient Killed After Escaping Ambulance on Highway

    DETROIT - A mentally ill man was killed Thursday night in the middle of Interstate 94 in St. Joseph Township, police said. The man, John Cameron Rivera of Detroit, was being transported to Lakeland Emergency medical Center in St. Joe, Michigan for psychological evaluation when he started fighting with medics in the back of an ambulance, police said. The driver stopped ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Supreme Court Reviews Familiar Firefighter Bias Issue

    Supreme Court Reviews Familiar Firefighter Bias Issue
    WASHINGTON, DC - Sometimes history seems to repeat itself at the Supreme Court, and apparently settled issues reemerge in slightly different forms. And so there will be a feeling of deja vu at the court Monday morning when the justices turn their attention to an especially familiar-sounding issue: whether minority firefighter applicants in Chicago waited too long to sue when the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This

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